NYC Corrections Officer Charged For Standing By As Inmate Commits Suicide

 NYC Corrections Officer Charged For Standing By As Inmate Commits Suicide

Ryan Wilson

A captain with the New York City Department Of Corrections was charged for standing by as an inmate died by suicide. Rebecca Hillman, 38, was charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of Manhattan Detention Complex inmate Ryan Wilson, CNN reports. 

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. announced the charges on April 26. He claimed Hillman prevented other subordinates from saving Wilson’s life. 

“The death of Ryan Wilson wasn’t just a tragedy — it was a crime,” he said. “Our investigation shows that Captain Hillman ordered her subordinates not to take potentially life-saving measures to help Mr. Wilson, and failed to call for medical assistance expediently.”

As reported by CNN, Wilson awaited his transfer to another cell in November 2020, following an argument with an inmate. After expressing to Hillman that he “couldn’t live there,” he threatened to hang himself if she didn’t let him out of his cell.

Hillman allegedly did not respond with haste, instead opting to fill out paperwork. She also reportedly told an officer that Wilson was “playing” before reporting to his cell. Hillman entered the cell a minute after his suicide, as the inmate had already jumped from the bed with a makeshift noose around his neck. By the time responders arrived, Wilson was already dead. CNN also reports that she falsified the incident paperwork.

Vance Jr. says Hillman acted irresponsibly.

“This callous disregard for Mr. Wilson’s safety resulted in an irreversible loss to his family and friends, and must be held criminally accountable,” he said. 

Hillman has since entered a not guilty plea, as of this writing.

#Clique, what are your thoughts on this?


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